FOR AMATEUR ASTRO
The Imaging Source, an
and software for
astronomy, is now
offering amateur astro-photographers a series of highly
affordable, low noise telescope
cameras to capture high quality
images of the night sky.
The telescope cameras ship in
blue and black anodized aluminium
and zinc housing, measure 50 mm x
56 mm, and weigh only 260 g. The
included nose piece is mounted onto
a C/CS mount on the front of the
telescope camera. On the rear, a USB
2.0 or Fire Wire connector is available
(model specific). A threaded tripod
adapter on the bottom rounds off the
exterior of the telescope camera.
Monochrome and color types
are available with and without an
IR cut filter in three resolutions:
640x480, 1024x768, and 1280x960.
The cameras deploy low noise CCD
chips from Sony, which have an
exposure time of up to 60 minutes
and a maximum frame rate of up
to 60 fps.
The telescope cameras ship with
the camera control and acquisition
software “IC Capture.AS,” which
allows image sequences and singular
images to be saved to disk.
Furthermore, using the highly intuitive
graphical user interface, all camera
parameters, such as exposure,
sensitivity, and frame rate can be set.
“The Imaging Source have
delivered cameras and software that
offer the serious Solar System imager
a product which will deliver
outstanding results for years to come.”
Similarly, in the
Sky & Telescope,
Sean Walker wrote:
“The Imaging Source
[CCD imager] is a well-designed,
versatile camera that is a natural
progression for planetary astro-photographers looking to upgrade
from a consumer webcam. The camera
control software IC Capture.AS
seems to be a mature program itself,
complementing the camera perfectly.”
The telescope cameras are
available worldwide and start at only
USD $350 or EUR 290.00 (without
shipping and sales tax). They can be
purchased online and from an
international network of dealers.
To learn more about The Imaging
Source telescope cameras, download
“IC Capture.AS” and see hundreds
of sample images. Take a look at the
websites listed below.
manufacturers to assemble double-sided surface-mount assemblies right
at their desk.
Recognizing the need for a
complete solution for prototype
assembly of double-sided surface-mount boards, IIT, Inc., has
developed the AssemblyPro Fixture.
Designed as a tool to
compliment the IIT Desktop® stencil,
the AssemblyPro Fixture enables
the user to assemble double-sided
surface-mount boards without a
screen printer. Machined from
durable high density polyethelyne,
the AssemblyPro Fixture features a
nested area that holds the board
and cut outs in the fixture to
accommodate the parts that have
been placed on the bottom side.
For more information, contact:
The Imaging Source
Cameras.com or www.
For more information, contact:
Integrated Ideas &
CAN A COMPUTER
In the British magazine
Astronomy Now, Nick Howes wrote:
Integrated Ideas & Technologies,
Inc., has announced a new
prototype assembly tool that allows
Multilabs has just released its
latest product, a computer
called “Retro.” With its built-in Basic
language interpreter and minimal
operating system, the eight-bit micro-computer has been reborn into
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